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News Release: Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Year Ended 2017 Earnings

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE: HTA) (“HTA”) announced results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Highlights

Operating

  • Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders: Increased 156.9% to $42.5 million, compared to Q4 2016. Earnings per diluted share increased 81.8% to $0.20 per diluted share, compared to Q4 2016.
  • Funds From Operations (“FFO”): As defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”), increased 40.4%, to $85.6 million, compared to Q4 2016. FFO per diluted share decreased (2.4)%, to $0.41 per diluted share, compared to Q4 2016.
  • Normalized FFO: Increased 45.7%, to $86.7 million, compared to Q4 2016. Normalized FFO per diluted share increased 2.4%, to $0.42 per diluted share, compared to Q4 2016.
  • Normalized Funds Available for Distribution (“FAD”): Increased 39.1%, to $72.6 million, compared to Q4 2016.
  • Same-Property Cash Net Operating Income (“NOI”): Increased $2.3 million, or 2.8%, to $82.5 million, compared to Q4 2016.

Portfolio

  • Investments: During the quarter, HTA acquired a medical office building, a parcel of land which was a part of the acquisition of the Duke Realty healthcare business (“Duke Assets”), and an expansion project totaling $32.7 million, bringing year-to-date investments to $2.7 billion, net of development credits received at the closing of the Dukeacquisition. These investments included the properties in the final closing associated with the Duke Assets which were announced in Q2 2017.
  • Dispositions: HTA completed the disposition of three medical office buildings located in Wisconsin and California for an aggregate sales price of $80.2 million, totalling approximately 195,000 square feet of gross leasable area (“GLA”), generating gains of $37.8 million.
  • Leasing: HTA entered into new and renewal leases on approximately 672,000 square feet of GLA or 2.8% of its portfolio. Tenant retention for the Same-Property portfolio was 86% by GLA for the quarter, which included approximately 217,000 square feet of GLA of expiring leases. Renewal leases included tenant improvements of $2.39 per square foot per year of the lease term and approximately 10 days of free rent per year of the lease term.

Capital Markets

  • Equity: In October 2017, under its at-the-market (“ATM”) offering program, HTA issued 4,200,000 shares of its common stock for $124.3 million of gross proceeds at a price of $29.60 per share, and entered a forward sale arrangement pursuant to a forward equity agreement, with anticipated net proceeds of $75.0 million to be settled in April 2018, subject to adjustments as provided in the forward equity agreement. Additionally, as part of an acquisition transaction, HTALP issued 16,972 partnership units with a market value at the time of issuance of approximately $0.5 million.

2017 Investment Performance

  • Investments: During 2017, HTA completed and closed $2.7 billion of investments, totalling approximately 6.8 million square feet of GLA, including projects under development. These acquisitions included 93 in-service properties, two parcels of land, and seven development properties, including five recently developed properties and two properties under development. The two properties under development were 100% pre-leased and are expected to be completed by the end of Q2 2018. Approximately 90% of the GLA for HTA’s 2017 investments are located in HTA’s existing key markets, allowing HTA to manage and service these properties with its existing property management, building services, and leasing platform, thereby generating additional cash flow opportunities.
  • Cash NOI: During the quarter, HTA generated $33.9 million of Cash NOI on its 2017 investments, including a partial period impact for acquisitions that had closed and developments that were completed during the period. As of December 31, 2017, HTA’s run rate yield on its 2017 investments was approximately 5.2%, which included the full year impact of acquisitions and dispositions that had closed during the year, and new leases that were signed but not yet occupied during the year.
  • Leasing: During the quarter, HTA entered into new leases on approximately 14,000 square feet of GLA for its 2017 investments. In addition, during the quarter, HTA entered into renewal leases totalling approximately 95,000 square feet of GLA. HTA executed these leases utilizing its existing in-house leasing representatives which would have resulted in capitalized leasing commissions totalling $0.3 million, or approximately 1% of quarterly Cash NOI if third-party brokers had been used by HTA.
  • Property Management & Building Services: As of December 31, 2017, HTA provided property management services to 95% of its 2017 investments as measured by GLA. During the quarter, HTA earned approximately $1.3 million of property management fees related to these properties which were included in total Cash NOI. On an annual basis, these properties generated a total of approximately $5.2 million in property management fees. As of December 31, 2017, HTA provided building services to approximately 65% of the multi-tenant properties included in its 2017 investments. In addition, during the quarter, HTA earned $0.4 million in expense recoveries from building services which were included in total Cash NOI.
  • Development: During the year, HTA-Development completed three development projects located in Dallas, TXOxford, MS, and Raleigh, NC, with total construction costs of $53.2 million. As such, five of the seven development properties acquired by HTA as a part of the Duke Assets have been completed, with a majority thereof fully leased at this time. As of the end of the quarter, these five properties were 82% leased and generated $1.0 million of Cash NOI. HTA is currently in the late stages of lease negotiations for an additional 14,000 square feet of GLA that would bring the leased rate on these properties to 89% if completed. The seven development properties are projected to generate between $2.50 million and $2.75 million in quarterly Cash NOI upon completion and stabilization.

Year Ended 2017 Highlights

Operating

  • Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders: Increased 39.2% to $63.9 million, compared to 2016. Earnings per diluted share increased 3.0% to $0.34 per diluted share, compared to 2016.
  • FFO: As defined by NAREIT, increased 31.8%, to $284.2 million, compared to 2016. FFO per diluted share decreased (0.6)% to $1.53 per diluted share, compared to 2016.
  • Normalized FFO: Increased 34.1%, to $302.0 million, compared to 2016. Normalized FFO per diluted share increased 1.2% to $1.63 per diluted share, compared to 2016.
  • Normalized FAD: Increased 30.4%, to $260.9 million, compared to 2016.
  • Same-Property Cash NOI: Increased $8.0 million, or 2.9%, to $284.8 million, compared to 2016. Same-Property rental revenue increased $4.8 million, or 1.5%, to $317.9 million, compared to 2016.

Portfolio

  • Investments: During the year ended December 31, 2017, HTA completed investments of $2.7 billion, net of development credits received at the closing of the Duke acquisition, totaling approximately 6.8 million square feet of GLA, including projects under development, which were 93% leased as of the date of acquisition and consisted of the following:
    • As of December 31, 2017, HTA closed on Duke Assets of approximately $2.25 billion for 71 properties and two parcels of land, including a 50% ownership interest in an unconsolidated joint venture, totaling approximately 5.2 million square feet of GLA, including projects under development, which were 94% leased as of the date of acquisition.
    • In addition, as of December 31, 2017, HTA completed investments of $485.9 million, including expansion projects, totalling approximately 1.6 million square feet of GLA that were 90% leased as of the date of acquisition and which were located substantially in certain of HTA’s 20 to 25 key markets.
  • Development Platform Acquisition: During the year ended December 31, 2017, HTA completed its acquisition of Duke’s development and construction platform as part of the acquisition of the Duke Assets. Prior to this acquisition, this best-in-class development platform renamed HTA-Development by HTA, had developed over $1.0 billion in medical real estate assets over the last 10 years.
  • Dispositions: During the year ended December 31, 2017, HTA completed the disposition of four medical office buildings located in WisconsinCalifornia and Texas for an aggregate sales price of $85.2 million, totalling approximately 243,000 square feet of GLA, and generating gains of $37.8 million.
  • Leasing: During the year ended December 31, 2017, HTA entered into new and renewal leases on approximately 2.7 million square feet of GLA, or 11.2%, of its portfolio. Tenant retention for the Same-Property portfolio was 78% by GLA year-to-date, which included approximately 1.5 million square feet of expiring leases. Renewal leases included tenant improvements of $1.70 per square foot of GLA per year of the lease term and approximately six days of free rent per year of the lease term.
  • Leased Rate: As of December 31, 2017, HTA had a leased rate for its portfolio of 91.8% by GLA and 91.6% for its Same-Property portfolio.

Balance Sheet and Capital Markets

  • Balance Sheet: As of December 31, 2017, HTA had total leverage of 29.9% measured as net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) to total capitalization, and 5.9x measured as net debt to Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization for real estate (“Adjusted EBITDAre“). Total liquidity at the end of the quarter was $1.2 billion, including $991.2 million of availability under HTA’s unsecured revolving credit facility, $100.4 million of cash and cash equivalents and a $75.0 million forward equity agreement.
  • Equity: During the year ended December 31, 2017, HTA issued and sold approximately $1.8 billion of equity at an average price of $28.76 per share and entered a forward sale arrangement pursuant to a forward equity agreement, with anticipated net proceeds of $75.0 million to be settled in April 2018, subject to adjustments as provided in the forward equity agreement under its ATM offering program. Additionally, in September 2017, HTA entered into new equity distribution agreements with its various sales agents with respect to its ATM offering program of common stock with an aggregate sales amount of up to $500.0 million.
  • Debt: During the year ended December 31, 2017, HTA issued approximately $1.2 billion in debt, which consisted of $900.0 million in senior unsecured notes issued in a public offering at an average interest rate of 3.4% per annum and an average duration of 7.7 years, and entered into a $286.0 million promissory note with the seller in the Dukeacquisition, with a 4.0% per annum interest rate. Additionally, in July 2017, HTA, as guarantor, and HTALP, as borrower, entered into an amended and restated $1.3 billion unsecured credit agreement which increased the amount available under the unsecured revolving credit facility to $1.0 billion and extended the maturity date to June 30, 2022, and extended the maturity date until February 1, 2023 under the $300.0 million unsecured term loan. The interest rate on the unsecured revolving credit facility is adjusted LIBOR plus a margin ranging from 0.83% to 1.55% per annum based on HTA’s credit rating. These transactions were used to substantially finance HTA’s 2017 investments and position its investment grade balance sheet for future growth.

Financial Results – Fourth Quarter 2017

Rental Income

Rental income increased 42.4% to $173.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $121.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Net Income

Net income increased 153.4% to $43.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $17.2 million net income for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

FFO

FFO, as defined by NAREIT, was $0.41 per diluted share, or $85.6 million, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $0.42 per diluted share, or $60.9 million, for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Normalized FFO

Normalized FFO was $0.42 per diluted share, or $86.7 million, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $0.41 per diluted share, or $59.5 million, for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Normalized FAD

Normalized FAD increased 39.1% to $72.6 million, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $52.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

NOI

NOI increased 44.2% to $120.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $83.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Same-Property Cash NOI

Same-Property Cash NOI increased $2.3 million, or 2.8%, to $82.5 million, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $80.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses were $8.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $7.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Interest Expense and Change in Fair Value of Derivative Financial Instruments

The total interest expense and change in fair value of derivative financial instruments for the three months ended December 31, 2017, was $25.9 million, all of which related to debt and interest rate swaps.

Investment Activity

During the three months ended December 31, 2017, HTA completed investments of $32.7 million, which consisted of an MOB, a parcel of land which was part of the acquisition of the Duke Assets, and an expansion project.

Tenant Retention

Tenant retention for the Same-Property portfolio was 86% by GLA for the quarter, which included approximately 217,000 square feet of GLA of expiring leases.

Financial Results – Year Ended 2017

Rental Income

Rental income increased 33.0% to $612.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $460.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Net Income

Net income increased 38.5% to $65.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $47.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.

FFO

FFO, as defined by NAREIT, was $1.53 per diluted share, or $284.2 million, for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $1.54 per diluted share, or $215.6 million, for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Normalized FFO

Normalized FFO was $1.63 per diluted share, or $302.0 million, for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $1.61per diluted share, or $225.2 million, for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Normalized FAD

Normalized FAD increased 30.4% to $260.9 million, for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $200.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.

NOI

NOI increased 33.0% to $421.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $317.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Same-Property Cash NOI

Same-Property Cash NOI increased $8.0 million, or 2.9%, to $284.8 million, for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $276.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.  Same-Property rental revenue increased $4.8 million, or 1.5%, to $317.9 million, for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to the year ended December 31, 2016.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses were $33.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $28.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Interest Expense and Change in Fair Value of Derivative Financial Instruments

The total interest expense and change in fair value of derivative financial instruments for the year ended December 31, 2017, was $85.5 million, which included $86.4 million of interest expense related to debt and interest rate swaps, and a net gain of $0.9 million on the change in the fair value of HTA’s derivative financial instruments.

HTA ended the year with a weighted average interest rate of 3.50% per annum, including the impact of interest rate swaps.  The weighted average remaining term of HTA’s total debt was 5.7 years, including extension options.

Investment Activity

During the year ended December 31, 2017, HTA completed investments of $2.7 billion, net of development credits received at the closing of the Duke acquisition, including its investment in a unconsolidated joint venture, totaling 6.8 million square feet of GLA, including projects under development, which were 93% leased as of the acquisition date.

Leased Rate, Occupancy Rate and Tenant Retention

The leased rate (includes leases which have been executed, but which have not yet commenced) was 91.8% by GLA as of December 31, 2017.  The occupancy rate of HTA’s portfolio was 91.0% by GLA as of December 31, 2017.  Tenant retention for the Same-Property portfolio was 78% by GLA as of December 31, 2017, which included approximately 1.5 million square feet of GLA of expiring leases.

Credit Rated Tenants

Investment grade rated tenants as a percent of annualized base rent was 47% as of December 31, 2017.  Additionally, 61% of HTA’s annualized base rent as of December 31, 2017 was derived from tenants that have (or whose parent companies have) a credit rating from a nationally recognized rating agency.

In-House Property Management and Leasing Platform

As of December 31, 2017, HTA’s in-house property management and leasing platform operated approximately 22.4 million square feet of GLA, or 93%, of HTA’s total portfolio.

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2017, HTA had total assets of $6.4 billion, cash and cash equivalents of $100.4 million, and $991.2 million available under its unsecured revolving credit facility (includes the impact of $8.8 million of outstanding letters of credit).  The leverage ratio of net debt to total capitalization was 29.9% as of December 31, 2017.

About Healthcare Trust of America, Inc.

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE: HTA) is the largest dedicated owner and operator of medical office buildings (“MOBs”) in the United States based on gross leasable area (“GLA”).  We provide the real estate infrastructure for the integrated delivery of healthcare services in highly desirable locations.  Over the last decade, we have invested $7.0 billion primarily in MOBs and other healthcare assets comprising 24.1 million square feet of GLA.  Our investments are targeted in 20 to 25 key markets that we believe have superior healthcare demographics that support strong, long-term demand for medical office space.  We have achieved, and continue to achieve, critical mass within these key markets by expanding our presence through accretive acquisitions, and utilizing our in-house operating expertise through our regionally located property management and leasing platform.  Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and directed from our full-time service offices, HTA has developed a national brand with dedicated relationships at the local level.  We have achieved scale in 16 markets with greater than 500,000 square feet and 10 markets with approximately 1 million or greater square feet; in each market we service our healthcare providers through our institutional full-service operational platform including property management, leasing and development services.  This drives efficiencies, strong tenant and health system relationships, and strategic partnerships that result in high levels of tenant retention, rental growth, and long-term value creation across the portfolio.

Founded in 2006 and listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012, HTA has produced attractive returns for its stockholders that we believe have significantly outperformed the S&P 500 and US REIT indices.  More information about HTA can be found on the Company’s website at www.htareit.com.

Forward-Looking Language

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to HTA.  Forward-looking statements are statements that are not descriptions of historical facts and include statements regarding management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations, plans or predictions of the future, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Because such statements include risks, uncertainties and contingencies, actual results may differ materially and in adverse ways from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, without limitation, the following: changes in economic conditions generally and the real estate market specifically; legislative and regulatory changes, including changes to laws governing the taxation of REITs and changes to laws governing the healthcare industry; the availability of capital; changes in interest rates; competition in the real estate industry; the supply and demand for operating properties in our proposed market areas; changes in accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America; policies and guidelines applicable to REITs; the availability of properties to acquire; and the availability of financing.  Additional information concerning us and our business, including additional factors that could materially and adversely affect our financial results, include, without limitation, the risks described under Part I, Item 1A – Risk Factors, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and in our filings with the SEC.

Conference Call

HTA will host a conference call and webcast on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (7:00 a.m. Pacific Time) to review its financial performance and operating results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.

Conference Call and Webcast Details:
Domestic Dial-In Number: (877) 507-6265
International Dial-In Number: (412) 902-6633
Canada Dial-In Number: (855) 669-9657
Webcast: www.htareit.com under the Investor Relations tab

Replay Conference Call Details:
Domestic Dial-In Number: (877) 344-7529
International Dial-In Number: (412) 317-0088
Canada Dial-In Number: (855) 669-9658
Conference ID: 10116957
Available February 16, 2018 (one hour after the end of the conference call) to March 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time(7:00 a.m. Pacific Time)

Supplemental Information

Supplemental financial data are available on the HTA’s website at www.htareit.com.

Financial Contact:
Robert A. Milligan
Chief Financial Officer
480.998.3478

 

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